Hampshire Cricket History

There’s a thought
May 9, 2016, 7:13 am
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When I’m working with Kevan James, I comment quite frequently on the quality of Division One cricket – especially as now when the Test players are playing. I think on those occasions it’s comparable with the 1970s and 1980s when we also had the great overseas players. In truth this Hampshire side struggles to compete – even in many of our drawn matches over the 20 we’ve played since the start of 2015 we’ve been ‘behind’.

On commentary yesterday Kevan was asked about our reserves. We haven’t got many but he mentioned Tom Alsop and suggested he needs to learn to play in Division Two. That will be a problem for our youngsters if we stay up – after all Weatherley and McManus have started the season well but can they pick them? (They pick Mason Crane who is having to learn against the best).

But let’s assume Kevan has a point. I think I might prefer to see Hampshire developing players who really are their own, in Division Two than struggling along with others’ ‘cast offs’ as they are too often at the moment. Did they play Andrew in this match as an ‘all rounder”? Three balls, three runs was less than Crane managed so why not play Brad Wheal?

I have the job of maintaining the Players’ Board listing numbers and debuts. This season it has already Weatherley but also Best, Andrew and Hamza Ali with maybe Craig Young to follow. Here are some other names to conjure with over the past few seasons:

Andre Adams, Bilal Shafayat, Ruel Brathwaite, Joe Gatting, Glenn Querl, Tom Parsons, and Michael Roberts, plus overseas players Jackson Bird, Fidel de Wet, Nante Hayward, Rory Kleinveldt, Johannes Myburgh, Darren Powell, Nathan Rimmington, and Sohail Tanvir.

Meanwhile a generation of our own that gave us James Vince and Liam Dawson also included Chris Wood, Danny Briggs, Michael Bates, David Griffiths, Kevin Latouf, Benny Howell, Hamza Riazuddin, Adam Rouse, and Sean Terry. Before that it was Kenway, Benham, Prittipaul etc. We invest heavily in the Academy, coaches and winters overseas for the youngsters but there has to be a purpose.



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Great thoughts, Dave. Let’s stop using part timers, often with injuries, and let Hampshire Cricket evolve naturally – even if it means being in the 2nd or 3rd division. At least then we could see some really competitive cricket from our team. I am writing this from my hotel in Manchester – what a disaster day 1 was – Hampshire completely outplayed. Will I stay to the end? I doubt it – but we will see!

Comment by John West

I guess John West is on his way home after day 2. We`ll either drop bat for 2 days making it more appealing watching paint dry OR we`ll be skittled out for an innings loss. Thanks for reminding us of the long list of players who flitted in and out of the side in recent seasons. Rather worrying !

Comment by Brian.JS

It might rain quite a bit – but do we deserve that?

Comment by pompeypop

At 11am the only venues where there is play is Old Trafford and Headingley!

Comment by James

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